Holiday Thoughts

As the holiday’s are approaching, I cannot help but to get excited. For a lot of students, this means one thing—NO SCHOOL. And yes, while this is an added bonus, I find myself really excited to just enjoy the magic of the holidays with my family and loved ones.

Tradition.
That is the word that comes to mind when I think of my holiday season. My favorite part of these holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) isn’t about the delicious food or the presents, but rather about the little traditions my family and I have done each year that spark holiday magic around us.

One of my favorite traditions happens each Thanksgiving. My mom and I volunteer our time to a local church and help serve Thanksgiving meals to those in the community that may not be fortunate enough to have their own home-cooked meal. This is a huge event, and over 1,000 meals are served in the course of a few hours. It really is an amazing event to experience, and it always makes me feel so good to be a part of something so special. Doing this with my mom is even better because we can share this experience and remember it forever.

“It’s the little things.”
That is a phrase that has been through my ears a lot over the course of my four years here at Muskingum; my coach often uses that saying when emphasizing how important every aspect of our game is, and that it is often the attention to the “little things” that win us games. The older I get, the more I realize that this phrase is also very true in life. Making cookies, helping my mom cook holiday meals, decorating the Christmas tree, sitting by the Christmas tree…those are all little things that make moments in life so special. It is within these moments where happiness, love and an unbreakable bond between family members is there regardless of the situation life has put you in.

These little moments, look for them in your own lives. They don’t have to involve the holiday festivities—try finding them in your everyday lives…they are there. Learn to appreciate what you have, because the saying, “you never know what you have until it’s gone” is quite true.

As Thanksgiving is a week away, I guess the meaning of the holiday is really hitting home to me more than it ever has. I am truly grateful for my family and all the love and support they have always given me, and I hope that no matter what life throws at us those “little things” will always be remembered.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!
Ashley 

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